I've been trying to gather up a library of music that fits within Noir films, I know most of it is some section of jazz, Ibrahim Maalouf is an example of an artist who has many tracks with the tone and tempo I'm looking for, I'm finding it hard to find albums and other artists.


For anyone looking, while there doesn't seem to be a good source, there is a musician who composed a one hour set of Jazz Noir, Dr. Saxlove.

  • Can you add some examples? I can't exactly figure out what you mean... – Bebs Mar 5 '18 at 9:20
  • @Bebs Added examples to post – FaultyJuggler Mar 8 '18 at 7:06
  • Thanks... so I think Tetsujin is correct. – Bebs Mar 8 '18 at 8:19
  • @Bebs see latest comment on Tetusjin's post – FaultyJuggler Mar 9 '18 at 21:51
  • Thanks, but you said you are not satisfied with Tetsujin's answer "Jazz Noir" but then you post an example of what you like called "Jazz Noir"... maybe I misunderstood what exactly is your question...? – Bebs Mar 19 '18 at 7:40

It's called Jazz Noir

I can't find any specific authoritative reference, Wikipedia etc, but Reddit has it tagged as

So what is jazznoir?
It’s mysterious, melancholy and menacing music by swingin' sax men and sultry sirens for hardboiled hepcats and leggy lookers. It’s late-night listening for luckless losers, and the soundtrack to strolls under street lights on foggy nights.

Google has a lot of hits for 'jazz noir', including on Amazon, a 3-CD set - Jazz Noir [3CD Box Set] - pretty cheap. I did notice it starts with Peter Gunn... & though I can see why they would include it, I don't think it quite fits. I haven't checked through the entire track list for 'appropriate to theme' though.

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  • Does it refer to Jazz music played by african-american musicians? – Bebs Mar 5 '18 at 9:31
  • I never considered the ethnic origins of the players [nor are they usually listed in the credits, as it's usually 'a band'] - the composers aren't of a single ethnicity & I would doubt the players are either. – Tetsujin Mar 5 '18 at 9:54
  • OK, I wasn't sure because in French, it would refer to that (Noir means Black). So my question persists... I don't see what kind of music is discussed here. Do you have some examples? – Bebs Mar 5 '18 at 10:00
  • You can play 30s of every song on the Amazon link. Noir, btw in this context refers to a movie style. – Tetsujin Mar 5 '18 at 10:18
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    I only said I didn't think Peter Gunn was a good fit for the genre; I think it's a bit 'surf' though as it's from a noir-esque TV series I can see why they did include it. – Tetsujin Mar 5 '18 at 10:43

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